In last week’s article about “The Vagina Monologues,” one character was identified as a transvestite when in fact the character is more appropriately referred to as a transgendered woman. The director of the performance, David Hanzal, provided us with the following clarifications. The Lawrentian regrets the error.A transvestite is a person, especially a male, who assumes the dress and manner usually associated with the opposite sex.
A transgendered person is an individual who has a strong desire to assume the physical characteristics and gender role of the opposite sex.
A transsexual is a person who has undergone hormone treatment and surgery to attain the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.